Travel Tips

General Information:

 

 

Official Name of Greece

Hellenic Republic

 

Geographical Location

Southeastern Europe

 

Capital of Greece 

Athens

 

Official Language

Greek

 

The Currency 

Euro(€)

 

Climate

Mediterranean

 

Population

10,955,000 (2015 estimate)

 

Government

Unitary parliamentary constitutional republic

 

Calling Code

+30

 

Time Zone & Local Holidays

GMT +2

 

Religion

Eastern Orthodoxy / Greek Orthodoxy

 

Greece is a Member-State of the European Union

 

 

 

National Celebrations and Holidays:

 

New Year’s Day

1st of January

 

Epiphany

6th of January

 

Ash Monday

41 days before Easter

 

Easter

From Holy Friday until Easter Monday

 

Night of the Resurrection

It is celebrated in midnight before Easter Sunday

 

Easter Sunday

On Easter Sunday Greeks eat barbecue lamb

 

Labor Day

1st of May

 

Pentecost

It is celebrated 50 days after Easter

 

Assumption of the Virgin Mary

15th of August

 

Ohi Day National Celebration

28th of October

 

Christmas

25th-26th of December

 

Independence Day           

25th of March

 

 

 

 

Currency:

 

 

The banknotes

5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 Euros

Coins

1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents (lepta in Greek) and 1 and 2 Euros

 

 

 

Banks:

 

 

Greek banks are open for the public from 8:00 to 14:30 Mondays to Thursdays and from 8:00 to 13:30 on Fridays. They are closed on Public Holidays. 

 

 

 

Transportation:

 

 

You can travel to Greece in many different ways: by road, plane, train or sea. Also major roads link Greece with Europe and Asia.

By Air:

 

  • Athens Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport is one of the most modern in the world. Providing excellent ground services, it is a particularly attractive point of entry into Greece.

  • Alexandroupolis Dimokritos International Airport

  • Thessaloniki Macedonia International Airport 

  • Corfu  International Ioannis Kapodistrias Airport

  • Rhodes International Diagoras Airport

  • Crete, Heraklion International Nikos Kazantzakis Airport

  • Crete, Chania International I.Daskalogiannis Airport

  • Kalamata International Captain Vassilis Constantakopoulos Airport

  • Zakynthos  International D.Solomos Airport

  • Kos International Ippokratis Airport

  • Lemnos International Odysseas Elitis Airport

  • Samos International Aristarchos Airport 

  • Kefalonia International Airport

  • Kavala International M.Alexandros Airport

By Sea:

 

Ports on main land such as Piraeus, Thessaloniki, Volos, Patras, Igoumenitsa, and island ports serve travellers who choose to travel by sea.

There are direct connections with several ports in Italy and Turkey with Greece.

Climate:

 

Greece has a Mediterranean climate with plenty of sunshine, mild temperatures and a limited amount of rainfall. 
In summer, the dry hot days are cooled by seasonal winds called the meltemi, while mountainous regions have generally lower temperatures.
The winters are mild in lowland areas, with a minimum amount of snow and ice, yet, mountains are usually snow-covered.

Visa and Passports:

 

 

You can find detailed information in the below link of Hellenic Republic Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on visas for Greeks travelling abroad (visa requirements by country of destination, Authority responsible for issuing visas to Greeks) and for foreigners wishing to visit Greece and, by extension, the Schengen Area (visa requirements by country of origin, Greek or foreign Authorities that issue visas for Greece abroad). With regard to Schengen visas, you will find a description of the types of Schengen visa issued, the Schengen institutional framework (in particular, the Schengen Borders Code), as well as procedural issues concerning the issuing of Schengen visas.

http://www.mfa.gr/en/visas/visas-for-foreigners-traveling-to-greece/

 
Health and Medical care:  

Tourists from member states of the European Union (EU) should be holders of the European Health Card (EHIC) or any other legal Community document issued by their competent social security agency to be able to reach necessary health care during their stay in Greece.

The offices providing treatment are:

the Social Security Institute Health Units (polyclinics) or doctor’s offices in the region; 

Regional clinics (former rural clinics) or the Health Centres of the National Health System; and

the outpatients’ departments of the hospitals on contract

On the other hand tourists from countries other than the member states of the European Union should consult their social security agency for information before travelling to be able to reach necessary health care during their stay in Greece.
 

In case of emergency call:

 

Ambulance Service

166

SOS Doctors

1016

Duty Hospitals and Clinics

1434

Pharmacies

1434

Police

100

Tourist Police

1571

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